Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that before one can come to spiritual life one must be utterly frustrated with the material energy and he has to come to a point where he realises that, 'I am a failure … more
(HH Kadamba Kanana Swami, Cape Town, 1st July 2012, Bhagavad Gita 13:18)
At all times, we are closely connected to the paramatma or supersoul. It is stated in the Upanishads, dva suparna-sayuja sakhaya, that there are 2 birds seated in the branches of a tree and one bird is eating the fruits of the tree while the other bird is telling him,
” These fruits are not very good!”
Little tough, when you are eating something and someone is telling you, “It’s not very good, is it?”
“Well, they’re not so bad!”
“But really, they’re not that good.”
“Yeah, well actually, maybe you’re right. They’re not so good.”
So only when the bird that is trying to taste the fruits of the tree is ready to say, “Well, maybe they’re not so good,” is the bird ready to hear that maybe there’s more than this tree. Why spend all my time in this tree when I can easily fly to other destinations? We have wings and we are not bound to this tree.
So in this way, the supersoul is always interested in expanding our consciousness, our experience, expanding really our capacity to love.